On the weekend, I took my youngest daughter to the Chemist to get some medicine.
We walk into the chemist, hand over our script to be filled and wait.
The lady behind the counter asks me, 'Is you daughter allergic to anything?'
I reply, "No."
My daughter however quickly replies, 'Yes. Ugliness.'
I look at my daughter speechless.
What in the world? Where did that come from?
I say a silent prayer of thanks that the chemist was empty, smile at the lady behind the counter and quick-step my daughter out to the car for a serious chat.
According to my daughter, being allergic to ugliness means you don't like to be around anyone who is ugly.
It is at this moment I start to question my parenting techniques and wonder where I went wrong so early!
We sit, we talk and discuss the fact that God doesn't create anyone ugly.
There may be people who look a little different than you and I but ugly is not a word we use in our home and is not a word we use to describe other people or ourselves.
We talk some more, we frown at each other, we both realise there is more to be discussed and I start to feel the need for a serious sugar fix come on!
It is at this moment I start to realise that I am coming down with something.
The source is that I am becoming a little allergic to my own children.
I ponder what the lady behind the counter at the chemist will say when I ask her for some medicine to stop me from having a reaction to my children and what comes out of their mouth!
Sigh! The joys of motherhood!
As a parent I believe it is important to educate our children about the dangers of striving to be pretty above being so called ugly in life. It is also important to educate our children about how to deal with people who may look a little different to us.
I read a great blog post by Carly yesterday about preparing children to meet people with visible differences. Check it out here.
For me, I still have a long way to go on educating our children and overcoming my own allergic reaction to them :)